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Teams prepare for GolfSixes showdowns at Centurion Club

May 04, 2018

Team England are relishing the prospect of facing their female counterparts as the second edition of GolfSixes takes place at Centurion Club from May 5-6.

Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace were drawn against the England Women's Team of Georgia Hall and Charley Hull in Group D for this year's event, as the exciting match play format returns to the European Tour schedule.

Teams prepare for GolfSixes showdowns at Centurion Club, Matt Wallace and Eddie Pepperell, © Getty Images

"I said I'd rather beat the ladies tomorrow and miss every cut the rest of the year than lose and play well for the rest of the year. It is different and I don't know how we'll feel tomorrow. The whole event is just about fun, so just go for it and there's no pressure on anybody here. It's just about trying to entertain as best we can, " said Eddie Pepperell.

"We'll get some stick on social media if we lose. It's all good fun. I think it's actually brilliant for the event. We all think it's brilliant for the event that the ladies are here.

Georgia Hall also expects to enjoy the event. "I'm really excited. Me and Charley have known each other for a long time and we've played together in Solheim and for England, so I think we know each other quite well. It's such an amazing event. I feel very lucky to be able to be a part of it, and, yeah, facing the men it's going to be exciting tomorrow. I think we're going to have to get off to a quick start.

"I think this tournament is so much fun. Even when we played today in the Pro Am, there's music when we're hitting shots, and it gets me more relaxed. I'm just going to go out and have fun and try to play the best I can."

Teams prepare for GolfSixes showdowns at Centurion Club, Georgia Hall and Charley Hull, © Getty Images

The 16 competing teams were drawn in to four groups last month, and the top two teams from each group will progress to the knock-out stages on Sunday.

The teams will play Greensomes, with the teams selecting their best tee shot and then playing alternate shots.

The United States pair of Daniel Im and David Lipsky will strike the first teeshots of this year's GolfSixes as they take on the European Women's team of Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid at 10:52.

Team Denmark, again represented by Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjørn Olesen, will begin their defence of the title they won last year against the Thai duo Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee.

Teams prepare for GolfSixes showdowns at Centurion Club, Scott Jamieson and Richie Ramsay, © Getty Images

Richie Ramsay returns to represent Team Scotland alongside new teammate Scott Jamieson. Ramsay reached the semi-finals with playing partner Marc Warren at last year's GolfSixes, but lost out to eventual runners-up Australia in the penultimate match. The Scots beat Italy in a thrilling third/fourth place play-off as they won the nearest-the-pin contest to emerge as 2-1 victors.

The two women's teams and Captains side of 2018 Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn and 2019 Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew make up three of the four wildcards at this year's GolfSixes event, joining Ireland who were named as the final wildcard team.

Tickets for GolfSixes are available here.

Group A: Denmark, European Women, Thailand, USA
Group B: Australia, European Captains, Spain, South Korea
Group C: France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland
Group D: England Men, England Women, South Africa, Sweden
For the full Group Stage draw, click here for PDF file.




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